How moderate is “moderate” Islam really?
The overwhelming majority of Muslims would never harm a fly — but that doesn’t mean many of them don’t sympathize with those who do. According to the Jewish Press: France has been the target of the most devastating recent terrorist attacks because, apparently, almost half of young French Muslims support suicide bombing.
But a November, 2015 Pew Poll found that while a large percentage of Muslim youths in the West support suicide bombing, and out of those the largest percentage live in France, the numbers in the US are only somewhat better.
“The higher levels of support for suicide bombing seen among young American Muslims resembles patterns found among Muslims in Europe, where Muslims also constitute a minority population,” the Pew poll concluded. “In Great Britain, France and Germany, Muslims under the age of 30 are consistently the least likely to say that suicide bombing is never justified.
“In other words, the share who think suicide bombing against civilians can ever be justified, even if rarely, is higher among those younger than 30 compared with those who are older. About a quarter (26%) of younger US Muslims say suicide bombing can at least rarely be justified, 17 percentage points higher than the proportion of Muslims ages 30 and older (9%) who share that view. The age gap is about as wide in Great Britain (18 percentage points) but somewhat narrower in Germany (12 points), France (11 points) and Spain (7 points).”Here’s two more tables on the matter, courtesy of the Pew Research Center:
Let’s just be conservative and say that only 10% of Muslims globally sympathize with terrorism — though the data provided seems to indicate a much higher figure. Ten percent of 1.6 billion Muslims isn’t just some arbitrary figure — it’s the world’s largest army.
While most of those sympathizing with terrorism would never actually join such a group, let’s not pretend such beliefs are as rare as liberals make them out to be.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]